160 — A Series of Unfortunate Events Book the First: The Bad Beginning

We can hear you already, you’re saying “Oh, A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning, eh, what are you talking about, COLLISION’S LIFE haw haw haw”, but the joke’s on you, because … he already knows. He knows. In any case, we picked this because we thought we’d try to keep on keeping things light, but ended up in one of our more contentious episodes, as Clsn kept holding things up and saying “This is a fun bit of mall goth writing for kids!” and J. kept saying “Sure fine whatever but also it’s dumb and bad” and … well … it’s not like J.’s wrong, so.

Anyway, you’re laughing at us because we’re different, but we’re laughing at YOU because you’re all the same and you’ll be laughing at this EPISODE because it’s funny! This one is also a fantastic way to hear our direst schemes for bilking orphans, if that’s your thing. NOTE: bilking orphans is NOT our thing. Allegedly. “Allegedy” is a word that here means “even if it turns out we do bilk an orphan or two, we can’t be sued because we weren’t planning it beforehand”. Stay well, everybody, and don’t forget to wear all black all summer long. And don’t forget to wear your mask, either: we love you and want you to stay well.


  • The Young Visiters or, Mr. Salteena’s Plan by Daisy Ashford
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin


  • “The Legionnaire’s Lament” by Decembrists
  • “Communist Daughter” by Neutral Milk Hotel
  • “Mad World” by Gary Jules